From Bland to Beautiful: A 1980s Kitchen Gets a DIY Makeover

See how these homeowners transformed a small and dingy 1980s kitchen into a bright and airy place everyone loves to gather.

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    Stylish and Functional

    Even with a tight budget and deadline of a month, these homeowners were able to turn their cramped and dysfunctional kitchen into an up-to-date and efficient space.

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    Easy to Install

    An apron-front sink and pullout faucet were purchased at IKEA and simple to install. Since the couple did almost all of the work themselves, they had money to spare for quartz-surfacing countertops that were professionally installed.

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    Simplicity is Key

    Giving kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of white paint instantly helped the cramped kitchen feel bigger. Classic white subway tiles give the room a modern and clean feel, while updated hardware has big visual impact.

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    Open Spaces

    Removing doors and the back of the peninsula cabinet brought more light into the kitchen from the dining area without sacrificing storage space. The effect is contemporary and has the look of sleek open-shelf storage even though the cabinets are close to the ground.

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    Floor-to-Ceiling Changes

    A ceiling-mount pot rack keeps pots and pans close by while also freeing up valuable cabinet space. Porcelain tile in a clay color helps to give the space some added color and warmth.

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    Cozy Dining Corner

    The dining table, chairs, and light fixture look like high-end modern pieces, but thanks to online shopping, they easily fit into the renovation budget. Cool gray walls add some dimension to the dining space and help to break up all of the white in the kitchen.

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    Sentimental Touches

    A large-scale world map serves as artwork and reminds the homeowners of their love of traveling. The large chest is a family heirloom and has sentimental value to the couple. The piece can also be used as additional kitchen storage.

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    Write it Out

    A wall beside the refrigerator was given a coat of chalkboard paint and a decorative white frame. Inside the frame is where dinner-party menus and to-do lists are written, while the rest of the wall serves as a grocery list.

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    Bonus: Easy Decorating Ideas

    Put a personal stamp on your own kitchen with these kitchen decorating ideas.

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